Last weekend we had the great pleasure of staying as guests at Q Lodges Belton Woods. As well as the main hotel and spa there are luxury lodges of all sizes dotted amongst 475 acres of tranquil Lincolnshire woodland. We were given a three bedroom lodge to stay in for the weekend, which was plenty of space for the four of us as Holly stayed behind with the grandparents, she is midway through preparing for her GCSEs and was disappointed not to come but very sensibly chose to put her studies first.
We set off from Bristol at around midday on Saturday. Check-in isn’t until 4pm which seems quite late. It’s a really easy run from Bristol to Lincolnshire, where Belton Woods is located and we arrived pretty much bang on 4pm. We did stop a couple of times as didn’t want the kids to get fed up being in the car for too long. All in all, it was a good journey.
We checked in at Reception where the staff were really friendly, chatting away to Rose and lending her a couple of DVDs from their extensive range telling her she could come and get more whenever she wanted, which I thought was really sweet. We had a quick look around the main hotel as the kids were eager to find out what the pool looked like, and then made our way to the lodge a couple of minutes drive from the main hotel.
It was a real relief to see that you could drive up to and park and leave your car outside the lodge itself. There are golf buggies available but we were such a short walk (5 mins) from the main hotel we didn’t need one (much to Lewis’s disappointment!) We were all super excited to check the lodge out. As you pull up there is an immediate wow factor, ours had a huge window to the front which looked really impressive.
The lodges are upside down living, which is great and a bit of a novelty, it makes the most of the light coming through the gigantic windows in the lounge and certainly makes for an impressive view from the upstairs windows. Walking around our first impressions were sheer delight, I must admit I was surprised at how posh it was inside. Q Lodges have spared no expense on decor and design. From the beautiful and plush bedding to the Denby crockery in the kitchen they have paid a lot of attention to detail and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed.
Probably one of the most exciting things to discover was the actual sauna inside the upstairs bathroom (I told you it was posh!) closely followed by the enormous jacuzzi bath tub in the main bedroom ensuite.
We all felt so relaxed and at home straight away which is exactly what you want to feel when you go away isn’t it? The Belton Woods staff had very kindly stocked our kitchen with a full breakfast hamper which included everything we needed for a cooked breakfast plus bread, juice, tea and coffee. They had even left sweets for the kids and wine for us grown ups, it was a lovely touch and made us feel really welcome.
The lodge is really well equipped with an impressive kitchen that has a full sized fridge/freezer, oven, microwave, kettle, toaster, dishwasher and washing machine. In our lodge there was a full-sized dining table, two sofas, two armchairs and big TV with freeview and DVD player. I wish the weather had been nicer because it was a shame not to be able to make use of the balcony which looked out over the vast golf course. It was interesting to watch the golfers who seemed to be out there rain or shine!
The beds were really comfortable, I think ours must have been queen size as Rose got into bed with us and it didn’t feel as cramped as usual! There are also TVs in all the rooms as well as an ensuite in the master room and one of the twin bedrooms. The lodge we stayed in could sleep 8 comfortably thanks to the two twin rooms, one double and a pull down double bed in the lounge.
Lewis and I popped out to the local chinese for dinner and we all sat in front of the TV watching the DVDs Rose had chosen and had an early night as we were all tired out from the journey.
We were up with the larks – as well as the early morning golfers teeing off outside the lounge window – as Mr T and I had been booked in for a massage at the spa. It was absolutely heavenly, I think everyone’s morning should start with a neck, back and shoulder massage!
We wanted to check out the local area so headed straight for Belton House, a grade I listed house a few minutes drive away. It was expensive to get in, just over £30.00 for the four of us and that didn’t even include the house, it was just the grounds and the play area. I winced a bit wishing we had renewed our National Trust membership. We spent a lovely morning exploring the grounds and there is the most amazing play park where we all enjoyed ourselves immensely, especially the little train ride we went on. It was good fun, Lewis had a good time being our cameraman for the morning taking lots of video clips and photos.
Back at the hotel we were guests for a Sunday carvery lunch. We eat out a lot and carvery is one of our favourites and everyone likes it, I wasn’t expecting it to be three courses and we were all completely blown away by the food on offer. There was an amazing selection of cold and hot starters which we were able to help ourselves to. I was conscious that there was a full roast dinner to be had (and pudding!) so tried not to fill up on the starter plate too much, but honestly, I could have tried everything on offer the variety was some of the best buffet food I’ve ever seen or eaten!
There was a great selection of meats on offer with the roast dinner and all the trimmings, we were absolutely fit to bursting but somehow made room for the delicious desserts on offer. Hands down one of the best Sunday carvery meals we’ve ever had if you are going to stay at Belton Woods you absolutely must book into the restaurant.
We headed back to the lodge as it was time for Rose (and mummy!) to have a nap, so the boys went off to play golf on the driving range. They were able to hire clubs from the gold shop at the hotel and put pound coins into a machine at the driving range to get the golf balls, they really enjoyed it. We popped out to the pool early evening, there was hardly anyone there which was good as it gave me the chance to challenge Lewis to a swimming race, he beat me but only just…I’ll catch him next time!
The pool is brilliant, it’s really quite big for a hotel pool with a couple of smaller heated pools for the littles and a lovely hot tub for the grown-ups. There’s also a steam room which Lewis enjoyed while Mr T and Rose and I splashed about. Once we’d finished swimming we headed back to the lodge for even more R and R in the sauna and jacuzzi bath. By the end of Sunday, I was feeling so unbelievably relaxed and it was just so wonderful to spend time with each other watching TV and playing the couple of board games we’d brought along for the weekend.
Monday morning was another busy one, we headed straight to ‘Spruce Lodge’ the adventure centre where Lewis and Mr T went on a segway safari and Rose and I played mini golf. The segways looked like a lot of fun but it was probably best I stuck to the mini golf as I am a bit accident prone. After a ten minute lesson out the front of the centre the manager deemed the boys competent enough to take the segways out for a spin around the grounds. I could hear lots of laughter and whooping in the distance as they sped off, they both did really well and teetered precariously a couple of times but didn’t fall!
Once back at the centre Lewis and I had a go at shooting targets with handguns and shotguns, I was a really rubbish shot but it was great fun. If we had a longer stay booked we would have loved to hire bikes and go out exploring the grounds.
Here’s a short video showing the inside of the lodge and a few f our highlights from the weekend:
Q Hotels Belton Woods is an amazing place for families to go and visit, it is set in the most beautiful and tranquil countryside and there is so much to do. We all said we could easily stay there a week as you couldn’t run out of activities or places to visit- there is something for everyone. The lodges are stunning and very luxurious, I’ve been chatting about Belton Woods on social media and I’ve had a few people tweet me to say that they stay every single year and I can see why. A stay in a family lodge comes highly recommend from us and we couldn’t have enjoyed our stay more, thank you very much to all the staff for making our stay so enjoyable and to Q Lodges for inviting us.
*We received a stay in the lodge for free in exchange for a feature here on the blog0